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Radio Licence Fees Act 1964

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Act No. 119 of 1964 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Television and Radio Licence Fees) Act 2016
An Act to provide for the payment of fees in respect of certain radio licences
Administered by: Communications and the Arts
Registered 30 Nov 2016
Start Date 24 Nov 2016
End Date 19 Sep 2017
Date of repeal 01 Jan 2017
Repealed by Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017
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Radio Licence Fees Act 1964

No. 119, 1964

Compilation No. 10

Compilation date:                              24 November 2016

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 73, 2016

Registered:                                         30 November 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 24 November 2016 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

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Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Incorporation of Broadcasting Act...................................................... 1

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

5............ Licence fees......................................................................................... 2

6............ Amount of fees................................................................................... 2

6A......... Change of accounting period—effect on fees payable......................... 4

7............ Earnings of subsidiary companies etc................................................. 6

8............ Regulations......................................................................................... 6

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      7

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              7

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                  9

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             10

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           13


An Act to provide for the payment of fees in respect of certain radio licences

 

 

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964.

2  Commencement

                   This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Incorporation of Broadcasting Act

                   The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 is incorporated and shall be read as one with this Act.

4  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

ACMA means the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

gross earnings, in respect of a licence in respect of a period, means the gross earnings of the licensee during that period from the broadcasting, by the service or services provided under the licence, of advertisements or other material.

licence means a commercial radio broadcasting licence allocated or renewed, whether before, on or after the commencement of this definition, under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

             (2)  Where, in connexion with any transaction, any consideration is paid or given otherwise than in cash, the money value of that consideration shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been paid or given.

5  Licence fees

             (1)  There is payable to the Commonwealth by a licensee, by way of tax in respect of the licence, fees in accordance with sections 6 and 6A.

             (2)  The regulations may make provision for rebates of fees payable by licensees.

6  Amount of fees

             (2)  Subject to section 6A, there is payable by a licensee:

                     (a)  on each 31 December that occurs during the period of the licence; and

                     (b)  on:

                              (i)  if the licence’s period ends on a 31 December or a day within the first 6 months of a calendar year—the first 31 December after the licence’s period; or

                             (ii)  if the licence’s period ends on any other day in a calendar year—each 31 December that occurs during the 18 months immediately following the licence’s period;

a fee of an amount that is 75% of the amount equal to the relevant percentage of the gross earnings in respect of the licence during the period of one year ending on the 30 June last preceding the 31 December.

          (2A)  In subsection (2), relevant percentage, in relation to the gross earnings in respect of a licence during a period, means:

                     (a)  where those gross earnings are less than $5,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                           

                     (b)  where those gross earnings are not less than $5,000,000 but are less than $6,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                           

                     (c)  where those gross earnings are not less than $6,000,000 but are less than $7,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                           

                     (d)  where those gross earnings are not less than $7,000,000 but are less than $10,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                           

                     (e)  where those gross earnings are not less than $10,000,000—whichever is the lesser of 3.25% or the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                           

                            where A is the number of dollars in those gross earnings.

             (3)  If a licensee has:

                     (a)  on or after the day on which the Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act 1997 received the Royal Assent; and

                     (b)  in accordance with subsection 205B(2) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992;

adopted an accounting period ending on a day other than 30 June, the reference in subsection (2) of this section to 30 June is, in relation to the licence, to be read as a reference to that other day.

             (4)  Where the amount of the gross earnings in respect of a licence during a period consists of a number of dollars and a number of cents, then, for the purposes of this section, the cents shall be disregarded.

             (5)  For the purposes of subsection (2), the period of a licence shall be taken to include any period of renewal or further renewal of the licence.

6A  Change of accounting period—effect on fees payable

                   Where:

                     (a)  a fee is payable under subsection 6(2) on a 31 December in respect of earnings during a period (in this section referred to as the first fee period);

                     (b)  a fee would, but for this section, be payable under that subsection on the next 31 December in respect of earnings during a period (in this section referred to as the second fee period); and

                     (c)  by reason of a change in the accounting period used by the licensee, the second fee period commences before or does not commence immediately after the end of the first fee period;

section 6 applies in relation to the fee payable on the anniversary referred to in paragraph (b) as if:

                     (d)  references in that section to a period of one year ending on a day were references to the period commencing immediately after the end of the first fee period and ending on the day on which the second fee period ends; and

                     (e)  subsection 6(2A) were omitted and the following subsection were substituted:

                        “(2A)  In subsection (2), relevant percentage, in relation to gross earnings in respect of a licence during a period, means:

                                         (a)  where A is less than $5,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                                              

                                         (b)  where A is not less than $5,000,000 but is less than $6,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                                              

                                         (c)  where A is not less than $6,000,000 but is less than $7,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                                              

                                         (d)  where A is not less than $7,000,000 but is less than $10,000,000—the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                                              

                                         (e)  where A is not less than $10,000,000—whichever is the lesser of 3.25% or the percentage ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                                              

                                               where:

A is the amount ascertained in accordance with the formula:

                                              

B is the number of dollars in the gross earnings in respect of the licence during the period; and

C is the number of days in the period.”

7  Earnings of subsidiary companies etc.

                   Where the ACMA is of the opinion that:

                     (a)  an amount, or part of an amount, earned during any period by a person other than a licensee would, if the licensee and that person were the same person, form part of the gross earnings in respect of the licence in respect of that period for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (b)  a relationship exists between the licensee and the other person (whether by reason of any shareholding or of any agreement or arrangement, or for any other reason) of such a kind that the amount or the part of the amount, as the case may be, should, for the purposes of this Act, be treated as part of the gross earnings in respect of the licence in respect of that period;

the ACMA may direct that the amount or the part of the amount, as the case may be, shall be so treated.

8  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed in carrying out or giving effect to this Act.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

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Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

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Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

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If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

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If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Act 1964

119, 1964

24 Nov 1964

24 Nov 1964 (s 2)

 

Statute Law Revision (Decimal Currency) Act 1966

93, 1966

29 Oct 1966

First Sch: 1 Dec 1966 (s 2(1))

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Act 1973

148, 1973

22 Nov 1973

22 Aug 1973 (s 2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1976

188, 1976

15 Dec 1976

1 Jan 1977 (s 2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1977

94, 1977

22 Sept 1977

1 Sept 1977 (s 2)

s 3(2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1978

50, 1978

12 June 1978

12 June 1978 (s 2)

s 4

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1981

114, 1981

24 June 1981

24 June 1981 (s 2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Act 1981

168, 1981

2 Dec 1981

1 Sept 1981 (s 2)

s 3(2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1982

155, 1982

31 Dec 1982

31 Dec 1982 (s 2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1983

58, 1983

12 Oct 1983

1 Sept 1983 (s 2)

s 3(2)

Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Amendment Act 1985

68, 1985

5 June 1985

1 Jan 1986 (s 2)

s 11

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act 1987

66, 1987

5 June 1987

14 Sept 1987 (s 2 and gaz 1987, No S231)

s 7 and 8

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act (No. 2) 1987

116, 1987

16 Dec 1987

16 Dec 1987 (s 2)

s 8 and 9

Radio Licence Fees (National Metropolitan Radio Plan) Act 1988

144, 1988

26 Dec 1988

26 Dec 1988 (s 2)

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Act 1988

146, 1988

26 Dec 1988

s 51, 52: 16 Dec 1987 (s 2(4))

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act 1991

184, 1991

6 Dec 1991

s 3, 6 and 8: 1 Jan 1992 (s 2(2))
s 7 and 9: 31 Dec 1992 (s 2(3))
Remainder: 3 Jan 1992 (s 2(1))

s 3 and 11

Transport and Communications Legislation Amendment Act 1992

82, 1992

30 June 1992

s 23–25: 1 Jan 1992 (s 2(5))
s 26: 30 June 1992 (s 2(1))

s 25 and 26

Broadcasting Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1992

105, 1992

9 July 1992

Sch 2: 5 Oct 1992 (s 2)

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act 1997

142, 1997

8 Oct 1997

Sch 1 (items 1–3, 5–10): 8 Oct 1997 (s 2(1))
Sch 1 (item 4): 5 Oct 1992 (s 2(2))

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act 2005

53, 2005

1 Apr 2005

Sch 1 and 2: 1 July 2005 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 2

Radio Licence Fees Amendment Act 2007

69, 2007

28 May 2007

29 May 2007 (s 2)

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014

109, 2014

16 Oct 2014

Sch 2 (items 193–195): 17 Oct 2014 (s 2(1) item 2)

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Television and Radio Licence Fees) Act 2016

73, 2016

23 Nov 2016

Sch 1 (items 1–3, 5, 6): 24 Nov 2016 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (items 5, 6)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Title.....................................

am No 114, 1981

 

rs No 68, 1985

s 1........................................

am No 68, 1985

s 3........................................

am No 114, 1981; No 68, 1985; No 105, 1992

s 4........................................

am No 68, 1985; No 66, 1987; No 146, 1988; No 184,1991; No 105, 1992; No 142, 1997; No 53, 2005; No 69, 2007; No 109, 2014

s 5........................................

am No 114, 1981; No 68, 1985; No 66, 1987; No 142, 1997; No 73, 2016

s 6........................................

am No 93, 1966

 

rs No 148, 1973

 

am No 188, 1976; No 94, 1977; No 50, 1978; No 114, 1981; No 168, 1981; No 58, 1983; No 68, 1985; No 66, 1987; No 116, 1987; No 184, 1991; No 82, 1992; No 105, 1992; No 142, 1997; No 109, 2014; No 73, 2016

s 6A.....................................

ad No 66, 1987

 

am No 116, 1987; No 184, 1991; No 82, 1992

s 6B.....................................

ad No 116, 1987

 

rs No 184, 1991

 

rep No 142, 1997

s 6BA...................................

ad No 184, 1991

 

rep No 142, 1997

s 6C.....................................

ad No 144, 1988

 

rep No 142, 1997

s 7........................................

am No 68, 1985; No 142, 1997; No 53, 2005

s 8........................................

ad No 114, 1981

 

am No 155, 1982

 

rep No 68, 1985

 

ad No 116, 1987